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Capacity Building

Capacity Building

School systems that demonstrate consistent improvement are those where the educators learn with and from one another to strengthen teaching and learning. “Collective capacity” is the “hidden resource” most often neglected in schools. (Michael Fullan, 2010)

The key question we must ask ourselves is—What professional learning practices will we work to strengthen, in order to have a greater impact on student achievement?

Whether you are a classroom teacher looking for something more or responsible for designing professional learning, we invite you to learn from and with the thousands of educators that have made a commitment to questions like these.

Books & Journals

Thumbnail for Taking Initiative on Writing: A Guide for Instructional LeadersTaking Initiative on Writing: A Guide for Instructional Leaders



Taking Inquiry to Scale: An Alternative to Traditional Approaches to Education Reform

Taking Inquiry to Scale: An Alternative to Traditional Approaches to Education Reform




English Journal"Mentoring and Teacher Development"
English Journal, January 2013


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Online Learning

Better Learning through Structured Teacher Support

Focus on the Core: An Introduction to Instructional Rounds

When Good Enough Is Not Enough: Pursuing Teaching Excellence


National Center for Literacy Education

Literacy in Learning ExchangeWorking in Concert to Strengthen Literacy Education Across the Nation…Collaborative tools, resources, and groups engaged in professional learning that strengthens the collective capacity of the organization.

Framework for Capacity Building

Asset Inventory for Collaborative Teams

How Traditional and Capacity Building Approaches Differ 


Research & Position Statements

NCLE ReportBuilding Capacity to Transform Literacy Learning

Remodeling Literacy Education

Making Room for What Works: Principals and Literacy Instruction


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